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  B-29-75-BW "City of Pacific Palisades" Serial Number 44-70010 Tail K-41
20th AF
330th BG
458th BS

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Pilot  Major John O. Vick
Co-Pilot  F/O Robert A. Roast
Bombardier  Captain Charles L. Morris
Crew  2nd Lt. Donald E. Martin
Navigator  Sgt Peter J. Orsini
Radar  2nd Lt. Allan M. Cohen, O-2068612 (MIA / KIA) NY

CFC  Cpl Harvey H. Delles
Gunner  Cpl Floyd R. Griffith
Crew  Cpl Walter Pychewicz
Crew  Cpl Dane A. Miller
Crew  Cpl William R. Shaver
Crew  Cpl Harvey H. Dellas

Damaged  May 17, 1945
MACR  14444

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing. Assigned to the 330th Bombardment Group, 458th Bombardment Squadron. Originally nicknamed "City of Pacific Palisades" pilot Vick's hometown. It was later renamed "City of Glen Falls" and/or "City of Hatch, ID".

Mission History
On May 17, 1945 took off from North Field on Guam on a night incendiary bombing mission against Nagoya.

While en route to the target at 3:45am, the number 2 engine appeared to be on fire approximately 20 miles from the Japanese coast, and failed to feather and bombs were salvoed and turned towards Iwo Jima and the crew altered to be ready to bail out because the airplane seemed uncontrollable due to the vibrations and wind milling propeller.

At 6:00am, the order was given to bail out, and the five crew in the rear of the plane jumped ( Shaver, Miller, Delles, Pychewicz and Cohen). Cohen's chute was seen to open but was never seen again and was not able to swim.

The rest of the crew in the nose and cockpit (Vick, Roast, Morris, Martin, Orsini and Griffith) were unable to lower the nose landing gear down, and the vibrations ceased and the rest of the crew successfully landed landed on Iwo Jima at approximately 8:00am and the number 2 engine burst into flames on landing but was extinguished after 10-15 minutes.

Two other B-29s dropped two rafts and a "gibson girl" and supplies to the men who had bailed out. A destroyer searched for Cohen for the remainder of the day and night, but failed to find any trace of him. Plus a PBY Catalina "Dumbo" unsuccessfully searched for him the next day.

Afterwards, this B-29 was listed as ACNL "Aircraft Not Lost". It is unclear if this B-29 was repaired and continued to fly additional missions.

Cohen was officially declared dead on the day of the mission and is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl).

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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